7 Card Stud Poker

One of the most original versions of Poker is 7 Card Stud Poker. It’s played with 2 to 8 people with a standard 52 pack card. Each player gets 7 cards, 3 dark ones and 4 visual. Here, all 7 of them are unique unlike in other poker games. The winner is the one who makes the best 5 card combination from the 7 cards they are dealt. There are 7 rules to playing 7 Card Stud Poker.

The first one is that all the players need to make a bet that does not add to subsequent betting, called Ante. It’s paid at the start of the game and guarantees money to players who take the hand. The ante is usually 20% of the low limit bet size. It runs parallel with the stakes you intend to put at risk.

Next, players are dealt with 2 private down cards and 1 face up card starting from the left of the dealer. The one with lowest facing up, bets first. This bet is usually 50% of the small bet in the game. In the event of a tie, suits in the order of spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs is followed. The first round of betting, called 3rd street is where each player has their own choice of folding, calling or raising. The game proceeds in the clockwise direction.

Another round of betting follows the person to whom the highest face card has been dealt called 4th street. The highest limit is set but a player can double bet if he/she gets a pair. The game goes on again till the bets are matched.

Bets are made again and another face up card is dealt to the players, but now, they have to equal to the highest limit set in the 4th street. The same is repeated in the 6th street.

In the final round, a dark card called river card is dealt to the remaining players. Bets are matched, with the person with the best open cards initiating the betting. Each player can now check, call, hold or fold. After this, players enter the showdown.

In the showdown, the last better opens their cards. This continues clockwise with each player either having the option to show them, muck them, or fold if they don’t think they stand a chance. The winner is the player with the strongest 5 card combination.

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